St Louis Wedding Photographers
I thought about titling this "A John Deere Wedding", but I knew Kelli would kill me! ;) However, as you'll see below the colors are John Deere adjacent, and the bridal party traveled from the church to the reception in a yellow and green wagon, pulled by Jeremy's antique John Deere tractor, so... :)
We had such a great time with Kelli & Jeremy and their whole bridal party and family! Jeremy is cousins with Jared from one of our previous weddings, so we love it when we get to work with some of our same friends again. We arrived at Kelli's parent's house as she was finishing up her hair and makeup, and all the girls were having a great time making each other laugh! Then Joel went over to check on Jeremy and the guys, who decided that the morning of the wedding would be a great time to do some shooting. Gotta love it! After getting some great shots of their shots (like that?!), they came over to the church where us girls were already getting situated.
Kelli & Jeremy had decided not to see each other beforehand (which has been the popular trend in the last few years), and we were so excited for that moment when the doors open and Jeremy sees his bride in her radiant beauty as she walks down the aisle to become his wife. We love that moment! Kelli was glowing - I don't think her smile could have gotten any bigger! The ceremony was beautiful, and as we prepared to head off to our photo location, the bridal party loaded up into their...party wagon. Forget limos and busses, this is the way to travel! It was so fun to watch people's expressions as they saw the bridal party meandering down the street pulled by a restored, vintage tractor!
We got to take photos at the old brewery in Highland, IL, and we loved it! We love getting to shoot at locations that are unique and have an element of age to them. Of course we love nature too - we probably have more photos of couples by trees than I can count :) but there is something equally cool about old buildings and such. After that we went to Ethel's Bar for some relaxation before heading to the reception.
One unique thing about Kelli and Jeremy's bridal party was that Kelli had two bridesmen in addition to her bridesmaids. As the bridal party was being announced in to the reception, everyone cracked up as one of the bridesmen changed into a dress and wig to be escorted in by the other. It was hilarious! A fun evening of dancing, eating and drinking ensued, with everyone having a great time. This was definitely one of our more memorable country weddings, and we are so glad we got to be a part of it. Congratulations Kelli & Jeremy!
P.S. We did not get a chance to say this to everyone at the wedding, but the bridal party was AMAZING! When you have a large group...especially when there are lots of guys, it can often get really crazy. Everyone was amazing, though...they made the job a breeze. We just wanted to say how much we appreciated you all!
Reception: Highland Knights of Columbus Hall
Flowers: Carol Hess
Cake: It's a Piece of Cake, Cathy Gilomen
Hair & Makeup: Eclipse Salon, Amanda Horstmann & Becky Faust
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Tuxes: Jim's Formal Wear